Azerbaijan

2017


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Journalists on trial in France after calling Azerbaijan a dictatorship

September 7, 2017 3:58 PM ET

New York, September 7, 2017--The French justice ministry should dismiss criminal defamation charges the government of Azerbaijan brought against journalists Elise Lucet and Laurent Richard, and allow the pair to continue their work without obstruction, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijan detains head of Turan news agency

August 24, 2017 3:47 PM ET

New York, August 24, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists called on Azerbaijani authorities today to immediately release Mehman Aliyev, head of the country's only independent news agency, Turan. Azerbaijan's Tax Ministry today ordered Aliyev to be detained as part of an investigation launched against Turan last week into allegations...

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Azerbaijani news agency's office raided

August 17, 2017 3:14 PM ET

New York, August 17, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should stop harassing Turan, the country's only independent news agency, and should allow it to work without fear of reprisal, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Newspaper financial director jailed in Azerbaijan

July 24, 2017 3:54 PM ET

New York, July 24, 2017--An Azerbaijani court's sentencing of Faiq Amirov, financial director of the independent newspaper Azadliq, is a further serious blow to press freedom in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Azerbaijan court sentences blogger to three years in jail

July 20, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, July 20, 2017--A Baku court today convicted Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to three years in jail for illegally crossing the state border, international and Azerbaijani media reported. The charges are related to three trips that Lapshin made between April 2011 and June 2016 to the disputed region...

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Azerbaijan sentences journalist to seven years in prison

June 20, 2017 5:09 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release Fikret Faramazoglu, chief editor of the news website Journalistic Research Center, from prison and investigate the journalist's claims that he was severely beaten in custody, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Faramazoglu was sentenced on June 14 to seven...

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Exiled journalist abducted in Georgia to face prosecution in Azerbaijan

May 30, 2017 5:58 PM ET

New York, May 30, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Afgan Mukhtarli and allow him to return to neighboring Georgia, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Mukhtarli, whose wife reported him missing from their home in Tbilisi, Georgia, last night, is being held at a detention center...

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Azerbaijani journalist sentenced to 30 days in prison

May 24, 2017 2:09 PM ET

New York, May 24, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release freelance journalist Nijat Amiraslanov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the northwestern Azerbaijani city of Gazakh yesterday sentenced the journalist to 30 days in prison on charges of resisting police....

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TV cameraman wounded in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region

May 19, 2017 5:32 PM ET

Davit Atoyan, a cameraman for the independent Armenian television station Shant, was wounded in both legs on May 10, 2017 in Nagorno-Karabakh, when the Azerbaijani military opened fire on a vehicle he was in, according to media reports and his employer....

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Azerbaijan government seeks order to permanently block news websites

April 28, 2017 5:49 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2017--The Azerbaijani government should immediately stop trying to permanently block access to five independent media outlets' websites and should instead lift a decree that has rendered them currently inaccessible, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A district court in the capital Baku yesterday began hearing...

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Azerbaijani blogger sentenced to prison for alleging abuse

March 3, 2017 4:33 PM ET

New York, March 3, 2017--Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release blogger and press freedom advocate Mehman Huseynov, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. A court in Baku today sentenced Huseynov to two years in prison on defamation charges for alleging that police beat him, according to his lawyer and...

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Fox TV-Turkey taken off the air in Azerbaijan

February 28, 2017 3:20 PM ET

Broadcasts of Turkish broadcaster Fox TV-Turkey ceased in Azerbaijan late the night of February 22, 2017, hours after a presenter mocked President Ilham Aliyev's appointment of his wife as the country's first vice-president, Azerbaijani and Turkish media reported....

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Belarusian court rules to extradite blogger to Azerbaijan

February 6, 2017 2:44 PM ET

New York, February 7, 2017--The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned today's decision by the Supreme Court of Belarus to extradite Russian-Israeli blogger Aleksandr Lapshin to Azerbaijan to stand trial for traveling to the disputed region of Nagorno-Karabakh and for criticizing Azerbaijani policies....

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Blogger jailed in Belarus faces extradition to Azerbaijan

January 13, 2017 4:22 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2017--Belarussian authorities should unconditionally release Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian-Israeli blogger detained in the capital Minsk on an extradition request from Azerbaijan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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